Celebrated in full by Pakistan Hockey Federation’s affiliated units, Exhibition hockey matches were held all over the country & wonderful events were organized at provincial, regional and district level. Hockey Olympians representing Pakistan in Olympic Games attended special events as guests.
On the instructions of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, prestigious events and exhibition hockey matches were organized in all the adjoining units on the occasion of Olympic Day. These matches were held at the regional and provincial levels. In which, famous hockey Olympians and international players participated. Exhibition hockey matches were organized in Peshawar, Lahore, Sukkur, Quetta, Khairpur under the auspices of KPK Hockey Association, Sindh Hockey Association, Baluchistan Hockey Association and Punjab Hockey Association at the provincial level. At the regional and district level, the Karachi Hockey Association organized matches for minor children, young players and women’s hockey teams at KHA Sports Complex Karachi. At the district level, exhibition matches and events were held in Lahore, Vehari, Bahawalnagar, Sadiq Abad, Toba Tek Singh, Gojra, Faisalabad and other districts of Punjab on the occasion of Olympic Day.
On the instructions of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, exhibition hockey matches were also held in the adjoining departments on the occasion of Olympics Day. An exhibition hockey match was organized at Ayub Sports Complex Rawalpindi under the auspices of Sports Department Mari Petroleum while Exhibition hockey matches and prestigious events were also held in other institutions including the affiliated departments of PHF. Hockey Olympians and international athletes who hoisted Pakistan’s green crescent flag at the Olympic Games attended these matches as special guests.
Punjab Hockey Association and Rana Zaheer Hockey Academy jointly held an exhibition match at National Hockey Stadium Lahore. Legendary Olympian Manjoor Jr., the winning captain of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, was the chief guest. Among the special guests of this exhibition hockey match were Head Coach National Hockey Team Olympian Khawaja Junaid, Olympian Shahbaz Jr., Olympian Rehan Butt, FIH Empires Manager Rashid Mahmood Butt, Director Administration Javed Arshad Manj, Associate Secretary Punjab Hockey Association Rai Usman Akbar Kharal and Staff Officer President PHF Zahoor Janjua. The match between Olympians XI and International XI was won by Olympians XI 0-2. Both goals were scored by Olympian Rehan Butt. The match was supervised by International Umpires Binish Hayat and Yasir Khurshid.
At the end of the match, the distinguished guests distributed prizes among the players. A special cake by the Punjab Hockey Association on the occasion of Olympic Day was also cut by Legend Olympian Manzoor Junior and companions.
Karachi Youth Hockey Club defeated Al Faisal Hockey club by 5-3 to win the Olympic Day men’s exhibition hockey match played at the KHA Sports Complex.
Two more matches were organized two celebrate the occasion on the directives of the Pakistan Hockey Federation.
KHA blues held KHA orange to a 2-2 draw in the women’s exhibition match. Batool Kazmi and Fatima Bakhtyar scored for KHA blues while Momal sukaina and Dua Khan equalised.
In the third match, Gulberg Hockey Club carved out a 2-1 victory over Central Fitness Club.
Musharraf Hussain scored both the goals for the winning outfit while Ausaf Rabbani reduced the margin for the losers.
Air Commodore Saqib Jadoon, Officer Commanding PAF base Faisal graced the occasion and gave away the prizes. He also cut the cake with Olympian Hanif Khan to celebrate the day. He was given a warm welcome before the prize distribution ceremony.
The 73rd Olympic day was a national celebration for Pakistan Hockey Community which was specifically arranged by the Pakistan Hockey Federation.